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Smith punches his ticket to the European Tour

Jordan, 23, wins card after topping Challenge Tour’s ‘Road to Oman’ rankings

By ECG Newsdesk

Jordan Smith has added his name to the list of young Englishman who will be fighting for the spoils on the European Tour in 2017.

The Englishman capped a stellar season on the Challenge Tour with a top-20 finish at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, which secured him the 2016 ‘Road to Oman’ title. 

He arrived on Europe’s top developmental tour eight months ago as an order of merit champion - after topping the satellite EuroPro Tour’s Rankings in 2015 - and he carried on his winning form in Egypt in only his second start of the season.

The 23-year-old came close to further victories in the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan bu had to wait until the penultimate event of the season in Ras Al Khaimah before he could add a second Challenge Tour trophy to his mantelpiece.

With seven top ten finishes and more than €200,000 in prize money, the man from Bath joins an illustrious list of rankings winners including Andrew Johnston, Edoardo Molinari, HenrikStenson and Thomas Bjørn.

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“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I am sure when it is all announced and I get the trophy in my hands it will hit home,” said Smith. “I didn’t play my best this week but I just went out there to enjoy it.

“I was over the moon to finish top of the Order of Merit on the EuroPro Tour last year, and I never would have imagined I would go on to do what I have on the Challenge Tour this season. My aim at the start of the year was to keep my Challenge Tour card, and now I have a European Tour card.”

Smith, who finished the season with 209,985 points, fought off tough challenges from Bernd Ritthammer, Alexander Knappe and Ryan Fox, who all pushed him close to topping the Rankings.

Having sewn up the top spot on Europe’s top developmental tour, the Englishman is confident he can go on and compete on the European Tour next season along some of the best players in the world.

“Travelling inside and outside of Europe and living out of a suitcase is something that has taken some getting used to, but I feel ready for next year,” he said. “I like to think that I will be able to go out and compete on the European Tour next year, and hopefully win. Over the season I have picked up a lot of friends. When you are going out for dinner and staying with each other week in week out, you really start to get along - that camaraderie has been a big part of this year.”

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